Thursday, August 13, 2020

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 963,000

by Calculated Risk on 8/13/2020 08:38:00 AM

The DOL reported:

In the week ending August 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 963,000, a decrease of 228,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 1,186,000 to 1,191,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,252,750, a decrease of 86,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,337,750 to 1,339,000.
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The previous week was revised up.

This does not include the 488,622 initial claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.

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The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased to 1,252,750.

Initial weekly claims was below the consensus forecast of 1.100 million initial claims, however the previous week was revised up slightly.

The second graph shows seasonally adjust continued claims since 1967 (lags initial by one week).

At the worst of the Great Recession, continued claims peaked at 6.635 million, but then steadily declined.

Continued claims decreased to 15,486,000 (SA) from 16,090,000 (SA) last week and will likely stay at a high level until the crisis abates.

Note: There are an additional 10,723,396 receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This is a special program for business owners, self-employed, independent contractors or gig workers not receiving other unemployment insurance.